So this is a BELATED post, but I found a draft of this and decided to (finally) finish it up. We went to Mexico City last September for the Labor Day long weekend. Mexico City is a place I’ve been wanting to visit, especially after it was featured in the highly anticipated NY Times Top Places to Visit in 2016 here. From the NY Times:
The Mexican capital, though, is attracting pilgrims of another kind: travelers seeking some of the world’s best cuisine, museums and forward-thinking design. With young people from around Latin America and Spain streaming into the city, and the Mexican peso hitting record lows against the dollar, the city — daunting and endless as it is — radiates energy.
It was a direct flight to and from San Francisco to Mexico City, only about 4 hours on United. Arrived in town to a bustling Mexico City airport, and found a taxi that took us right to our suite in Juarez area.
The Top 5
An impressive blue house & beautiful garden space. You walk through and get an understanding of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s home together. Be sure to explore the Coyoacán neighborhood where it’s located!
- TIP: buy tickets in advance online so you don’t have to wait in line!
We took a tour with Amigo Tours Mexico to this impressive Mesoamerican city with the pyramids of the sun and the moon, about 45 minutes to an hour outside Mexico City. We did a half day early morning journey, arriving early at the pyramids, where we had them almost all to ourselves.
Eating Tacos al Pastor
These were so delicious! You can get them anywhere in the city, and they were just so full of flavor (and cheap!).
I love to visit bookstores and libraries when I travel, and this one did not disappoint! Levels and levels of books, with a metal infrastructure of bookshelves and stairs and glass windows all around. Plus, it’s an actual library so you can see all the sections of books.
We did a free walking tour in the downtown area, starting at the main plaza with La Catedral Metropolitana. We walked all over and learned about the history of Mexico City, along with highlights like the Palacio de Bella Artes and Palacio de Correos de Mexico (historic Post Office building).
- And there was so much more! The city is very affordable and there’s so many activities to do – I could’ve stayed for another week at least.
Did you know the city’s metro system is the cheapest in the world at 25 cents a ride? It’s very efficient and runs all over town. We also took Uber rides, with rides only a few dollars each.